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Keep On Swiping, Says Target

Keep On Swiping, Says Target

It could cost you to use a credit card at Kroger soon. But Target says, not in its stores. Target has announced its opposition to this month’s multi-billion dollar settlement between retailers and credit card companies, which would allow retailers to pass on credit card “swipe fees” to their customers. Previously, retailers have had to cover the cost themselves, in[Read More…]

July 23, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Want Some Foil? Got an ID?

Want Some Foil? Got an ID?

First, it was Sudafed. Then powered baby formula. Then, bizarrely, Tide detergent. Now you can add aluminum foil to the items that may only be available behind the counter at your local store. Really. Fox 10 News in Phoenix reports that some local CVS stores are pulling aluminum foil off their shelves and making them available only by request. Signs[Read More…]

July 19, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Where’s the Milk? Ask Your App!

Where’s the Milk? Ask Your App!

If you’ve ever found yourself wandering the aisles of a store, looking for someone – anyone – who works there and can tell you where to find what you’re looking for, your problem is solved – there’s an app for that. “Mobile retail navigation service” aisle411 has announced that it’s completed mapping all 7,907 Walgreens drug stores in the United[Read More…]

July 18, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Swipe Fees Could Swipe Your Savings

Swipe Fees Could Swipe Your Savings

Kroger is telling us not to worry – they’re not going to start charging credit card customers more. They just won’t charge them less. The country’s biggest grocery chain is publicly mulling how to respond to last week’s multibillion-dollar settlement in a case pitting retailers against credit card companies. Visa and MasterCard were accused of price-fixing, in setting the fees[Read More…]

July 17, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Always Low Prices. Always. (Sometimes.)

Always Low Prices. Always. (Sometimes.)

As Walmart continues to grab a greater share of the grocery market, it’s also casting a laserlike focus on a growing number of individual competitors, in carefully-selected cities across the country. But increasingly, devotees of those competitors are saying that all is not as it seems. Walmart introduced its first “Walmart Challenge” ad campaign in Charlotte, North Carolina back in[Read More…]

July 16, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Happy 40th, Bar Code! You Don’t Look a Day Over 5-37000-00176

Happy 40th, Bar Code! You Don’t Look a Day Over 5-37000-00176

Imagine a scenario in which grocery prices aren’t marked on the shelves, your cashier has to closely examine every single product you buy, and none of your coupons will scan. Sound like a nightmare? Actually, it’s the way things were just 40 years ago. The Cincinnati Enquirer points out that it was July 1972 when a Kroger supermarket in town[Read More…]

July 15, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Who Needs Grocery Stores, Anyway?

Who Needs Grocery Stores, Anyway?

Are you still buying your groceries at a grocery store? How quaint! Supermarkets are poised to lose their position as America’s preferred grocery-shopping destination. And it’s not only big-box discounters like Walmart and Target that are taking their business. The Wall Street Journal reports that supermarkets’ share of U.S. grocery sales fell to 51% last year. And Forbes cites a[Read More…]

July 14, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
You Hated Webvan, But Can We Interest You in a Web-Sub?

You Hated Webvan, But Can We Interest You in a Web-Sub?

Remember Webvan? Having groceries delivered to your door was going to be the next big thing, during the dot-com boom a decade ago. It didn’t quite work out that way. Southeastern supermarket chain Publix made its own effort to get into the home-delivery game in 2001, with PublixDirect. That effort went bust two years later. Publix tried e-commerce again in[Read More…]

July 7, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Greedy Canadian Grocers Hoard Nickels

Greedy Canadian Grocers Hoard Nickels

If you had a nickel for every time someone walked out of a grocery store with a plastic bag… Actually, if you owned a grocery store in Toronto, Canada, you would! Toronto has scrapped a three-year-old law that charged shoppers a nickel (that’s nearly two nickels in American currency) per plastic bag. Shoppers planning their Canada Day parties and cookouts[Read More…]

July 6, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
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